YOUNGSTOWN Child-passenger safety will be focus of educational session

Car crashes are the leading cause of injury-related deaths for children age 4 to 14.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Parents and professionals from six counties will share personal child passenger safety stories during an educational session on Monday at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury-related deaths for children age 4 to 14, said Lark Dickstein, Ohio Buckles Buckeye program Region 4 coordinator.
The noon event in the hospital's Medical Education Building, co-sponsored by OBB and Tod Children's Hospital, marks national Child Passenger Safety Week, which is Feb. 9-15. Residents and professionals from Ashtabula, Portage, Columbiana, Mahoning, Trumbull and Jefferson Counties will participate in the press conference and educational session. It is primarily for pediatric resident physicians, and not open to the general public.
Sharing stories
As part of the educational session, four families will share personal child passenger safety stories. In addition, the event will provide information about and emphasize the importance of using seat belts on every ride, and selecting the restraint appropriate for a child's size and development.
In Ohio, most infants and toddlers ride in the correct safety seat, but 23 percent of infants are incorrectly turned forward-facing in their car seat before age 1 year. Less than 1 percent of children ages 6 to 8 are appropriately restrained in booster seats; and about 90 percent of 4- to 8-year-old children who were seriously injured were not restrained in a booster seat, according to Child Passenger Safety findings.
"Securing your child in the right restraint at the right time is one of the most important things you can do to protect your child," Dickstein said.

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